Lemoore fills two vacancies on City Council

After Holly Blair’s incarceration and an unexpected exit by Chad Billingsley, the Lemoore City Council is full again following two appointments on Tuesday.

The Lemoore City Council appointed two new council members Tuesday, filling the vacant seats and avoiding a special election. 

Christopher Schalde was appointed to District C, and Hugh Allen was appointed to District E. 


Schalde has been a teacher in the Lemoore Union High School District and a volunteer fireman for 20 years. Allen has been a teacher for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 1998. 

Four people applied for the District C opening, and nine people applied for the District E position. 

Former District C councilmember Chad Billingsley resigned in July because he took a new job in Colorado.

Former District E councilmember Holly Blair lost her seat in July after violating council rules by missing five straight meetings. 

She is currently incarcerated in the Kings County Jail after two arrests. 

Blair was originally arrested after a high-speed chase with police across Lemoore. After posting bail, she was later arrested for a domestic violence incident with her husband. 

She faces seven felonies and four misdemeanors with the two cases. 

The next council meeting is scheduled for Aug. 20. 

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